God's Word: Faith

And he said to them: “Go forth to the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature. Whoever will have believed and been baptized will be saved. Yet truly, whoever will not have believed will be condemned. (Mark 16:15-16)

For God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Amen, amen, I say to you, that whoever hears my word, and believes in him who sent me, has eternal life, and he does not go into judgment, but instead he crosses from death into life. (John 5:24)

Therefore, they said to him, “What should we do, so that we may labor in the works of God?” Jesus responded and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.” And so they said to him: “Then what sign will you do, so that we may see it and believe in you? What will you work? Our fathers ate manna in the desert, just as it has been written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ” Therefore, Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, Moses did not give you bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who descends from heaven and gives life to the world.” And so they said to him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” Then Jesus said to them: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. (John 6:28-35)

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me has eternal life. (John 6:47)

My sheep hear my voice. And I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall not perish, for eternity. And no one shall seize them from my hand. (John 10:27-28)

Thereafter, as I was going to Damascus, with authority and permission from the high priest, at midday, O king, I and those who were also with me, saw along the way a light from heaven shining around me with a splendor greater than that of the sun. And when we had all fallen down to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew language: ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goad.’ Then I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise up and stand on your feet. For I appeared to you for this reason: so that I may establish you as a minister and a witness concerning the things that you have seen, and concerning the things that I will show to you: rescuing you from the people and the nations to which I am now sending you, in order to open their eyes, so that they may be converted from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive the remission of sins and a place among the saints, through the faith that is in me.’ (Acts 26:12-18)

I live; yet now, it is not I, but truly Christ, who lives in me. And though I live now in the flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and who delivered himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

For you are all sons of God, through the faith which is in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26)

“Faith without works is dead”

Not all who say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does the will of my Father, who is in heaven, the same shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 7:21)

But if anyone has no concern for his own, and especially for those of his own household, he has denied the faith, and he is worse than an unbeliever. (1 Timothy 5:8)

But if anyone considers himself to be religious, but he does not restrain his tongue, but instead seduces his own heart: such a one’s religion is vanity. This is religion, clean and undefiled before God the Father: to visit orphans and widows in their tribulations, and to keep yourself immaculate, apart from this age. (James 1:26-27)

My brothers, what benefit is there if someone claims to have faith, but he does not have works? How would faith be able to save him? So if a brother or sister is naked and daily in need of food, and if anyone of you were to say to them: “Go in peace, keep warm and nourished,” and yet not give them the things that are necessary for the body, of what benefit is this? Thus even faith, if it does not have works, is dead, in and of itself. Now someone may say: “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works! But I will show you my faith by means of works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. But the demons also believe, and they tremble greatly. So then, are you willing to understand, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not our father Abraham justified by means of works, by offering his son Isaac upon the altar? Do you see that faith was cooperating with his works, and that by means of works faith was brought to fulfillment? And so the Scripture was fulfilled which says: “Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him unto justice.” And so he was called the friend of God. Do you see that a man is justified by means of works, and not by faith alone? Similarly also, Rahab, the harlot, was she not justified by works, by receiving the messengers and sending them out through another way? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-26)

“I have preserved the faith”

I have fought the good fight. I have completed the course. I have preserved the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

For if we sin willingly, after receiving knowledge of the truth, there is no sacrifice remaining for sins, but instead, a certain terrible expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire that shall consume its adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27)

For my just man lives by faith. But if he were to draw himself back, he would not please my soul.” So then, we are not sons who are drawn away to perdition, but we are sons of faith toward the securing of the soul. (Hebrews 10:38-39)

For if, after taking refuge from the defilements of the world in the understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again become entangled and overcome by these things, then the latter state becomes worse than the former. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of justice than, after acknowledging it, to turn away from that holy commandment which was handed on to them. (2 Peter 2:20-21)

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